2017-08-16 / Front Page

Mayor Approves Increased Teacher Spending For Classroom Supplies

By Dr. Dan Miller and Joyce Vetere Milowski

Mayor de Blasio announces that teachers will now receive an increase in reimbursements for purchases of classroom instructional material.

Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESMayor de Blasio announces that teachers will now receive an increase in reimbursements for purchases of classroom instructional material. Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESThe City Council supported the contention by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) that public school teachers should receive higher allotments to purchase instructional material for their classrooms.

Critics of the mayor contend that this increase, the largest in the 30-year history of the program, is very questionable coming within months of Mayor deBlasio’s re-election bid.

Queens Council Member Daniel Dromm, chair of the council’s education committee responded to the announcement, “This is something that we have been fighting for, for several years.”

Dromm also indicated that it was ridiculous that the mayor’s critics called the give-a-way a political handout.

In 2016, classroom teachers in New York City public schools were able to submit classroom purchase vouchers for reimbursement up to $147. The new allocation is $250 per teacher for 2017, a 70 percent increase last year.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew was fully supportive of the increase and appreciative that the city council and mayor realized the importance of supporting teachers who purchase school supplies for classroom use.

 

 

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